Ten O’Clock Scholar – picture prompt


In Ten O’Clock Scholar, Peggy, a mother of two young boys, decides to go back to college for her Interior Design degree. The only problem with her plan is a reluctant husband. In this snippet, we jump ahead in the story to Peggy’s first day of class.

This week we’re writing to a picture prompt.

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tt_bench in sunset

It was the same as always with this site. That’s why Peggy only looked at Pinterest after the boys were in bed for the night. First she scrolled through the new posts. That task always took longer now that she followed more pages than ever before. New recipes, craft ideas, garden inspirations. Quotes that encouraged and motivated. An hour later she was still browsing. She hadn’t even looked at interior design ideas yet.

She pulled the loose tendrils off her neck that had escaped from her massive hair clip and muttered out loud to herself. “Okay. Ten more minutes. And that’s it.” Moving the mouse to the search option, she typed in ‘interior design living room.’

If the countless pins that showed up weren’t enough, additional options were listed across the top bar, giving her the chance to drill down even further: Colors. Warm. Rustic. Staircases. Modern. Bohemian. Small. Traditional. Cozy. Contemporary. Luxury. Simple. The possibilities went on and on.

Feeling whimsical and free-spirited, she clicked on ‘Bohemian.’ The images that appeared caused a feeling a peace to settle across her like a well-worn cloak. She grinned, feeling like she was stepping back in time, back to her younger care-free days – a time before husband and children – a time of fewer responsibilities.

She kept scrolling and looking, even as her eyelids began to droop and her shoulders began to sag. Yet, she couldn’t stop. She felt compelled to keep looking.

The sound of a buzzing alarm from her bedroom filtered through to her consciousness and jolted Peggy awake. She sat upright in the chair where she’d dozed and shook her head, trying to step out of the fogginess of slumber. Lifting her head, she saw the golden orange glow of the sun peeking over the horizon, casting its early morning embers across the sky. She wondered what Derek would say, or if he’d even notice that she never made it back to bed last night.

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mhsusannematthews
    Jun 20, 2017 @ 11:27:11

    Poor her. I remember nights when I fell asleep on the sofa with my books open on my lap. Life would’ve been simpler with computers and the Internet. LOL Hope her husband comes around soon.


    • trishafaye
      Jun 20, 2017 @ 23:27:56

      Oh yes, the differences in school now! I graduated in 1993. And now, when I visit my friend who went back to college at 40+, I see all the things that happen online now. It’s amazing!


  2. jeanjoachim
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 01:23:46

    Love how into the design she is. I’ve known that feeling. Great description and capturing her fascination.


  3. Tricia
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 17:36:34

    I’ve done that so many times! I know where she comes from. I love her devotion to her new calling.


  4. Flossie Benton Rogers
    Jun 22, 2017 @ 17:26:16

    Aww, she went to sleep looking at things that fascinate her. I hope she had some good dreams with it.


  5. Author
    Jun 22, 2017 @ 19:04:11

    I like it – falling asleep over good things and not bad- I hope the hubs doesn’t exact revenge for her not coming to bed or think she was up to something else. Jillian


  6. Vicki Locey
    Jun 22, 2017 @ 19:09:54

    Such a lovely excerpt!


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